Dealing with permanent tooth loss is never fun, but luckily there are many options for tooth loss replacement for virtually every age.
Read on to discover what you can to to replace your missing tooth or teeth!
Tooth restoration options:
Permanent dental implants
Permanent dental implants may be one of the pricier options, but they’re sturdy, realistic, and are attached to the jaw bone much like a real tooth.
A rod is implanted into a cut gum and into the jaw with a piece on top where a dental crown can be attached.
Removable dental implants
As a cheaper option and an option that makes for easier cleaning, removable dental implants are great.
While not as sturdy as permanent dental implants, they are still very realistic looking and aid with speech and eating just as any other tooth would.
However, with materials not as sturdy, replacement or repair is more likely.
Partial dentures (removable)
Partial dentures are another great removable option; however, those with several missing teeth are likely to be the best candidates for this type of tooth restoration option. Luckily, no surgery has to be completed as a partial denture clamps into the mouth much like a removable retainer.
On the down side, partial dentures may cause deterioration to the bones in the mouth supporting them overtime. Speech and eating may be an issue for partial denture wearers as well.
Full dentures (removable)
For complete tooth loss, full dentures are a great option. Removable full dentures don’t make use of a surgical incision, making them ideal for those not willing to go through the long healing process of recovery. Unfortunately, removable dentures, especially when it comes to full ones, can often click around in the mouth and cause deterioration of the bones in the mouth overtime, cause discomfort and gum pain with long wear, and may even cause trouble with eating and speaking.
Resin-bonded bridge (removable)
In replacement of a tooth, a removable resin-bonded bridge can be set in place. Although not as long lasting as a dental implant, it does serve a purpose in replacing a missing tooth. The false tooth contains either metal or porcelain pieces that “hug” around the bag of the remaining teeth. This is especially used for front teeth, but as with many other dental tooth restorations, this can cause deterioration of the mouth bone of which it’s placed on overtime.
In addition to these types of dentures and tooth implants, tooth-supported fixed bridges, transitional partial dentures, implant overdentures (dentures that implanted into the mouth), as well as other options are at hand. First and foremost, decide which options would be ideal for you in terms of how many missing teeth you have. All or several missing teeth would best benefit from dentures. Just a few missing teeth would benefit from a bridge or a dental implant.
From there, decide if you want something that’s more removable or more permanent. If given the option, decide if you want to forgo a surgery through the implementation of a dental implant, or if you would prefer a non-surgical option such as a removable denture or bridge. Keep this in mind, and ask a dentist for advice. It all depends on your preference, your health and qualifying/disqualifying factors, and of course, your current tooth placement.